Illustration Techniques in Adobe Illustrator6:59 with Mat Helme
Take your inked creation into Adobe Illustrator and trace a beautiful design. Learn three key techniques to outline such as: Sharpie, Pen and Stencil.
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Music ?] [Code Racer] 0:00 [Illustration: Illustrator Techniques] 0:02 [Mat Helme] We just took the photo of our sketch 0:04 of the walrus with our iPhone and emailed it to ourselves, 0:07 so now it's time to open it up in Illustrator. 0:10 We have Illustrator open right here, 0:13 and we want to click on File, Open, 0:15 and pull in that image. 0:18 Zoom out just a bit, grab the image and rotate it 0:21 so it's upright. 0:25 And we will shrink it down just a bit. 0:28 And as you can see, we have it on layer 1 here. 0:35 What we're going to do is as the layer 1 is selected, 0:38 click this tab, and we want to make it a template. 0:43 We select "Template." 0:51 As you can see, the opacity drops just a bit, and it locks it up. 0:53 And we're going to be using this as a reference, 0:56 so what we're going to do is create another layer, 0:59 and now we're ready to go over some of the styles of 1:02 illustration that we can do. 1:06 I'm going to cover 3 styles. 1:08 One is going to be the Sharpie style with a tablet. 1:10 I'm using a Wacom Intuos4. 1:12 The next is going to be a precise pen technique, 1:15 and the third is going to be a stencil style. 1:18 Let's start off with the Sharpie style with a tablet. 1:20 First what we're going to want to do is create our own brush, 1:24 and to do that, we go up to the top here. 1:28 Select "New brush." 1:35 We're going to want to do a calligraphy brush. 1:37 Select "OK." 1:39 Then all the way at the bottom here, the diameter, 1:41 we want to take that 9 and make it a 5. 1:43 And select "Pressure." 1:48 Go to "Variation." 1:51 Make that a 5. Select "OK." 1:54 Now we have our new brush. 1:57 Now, we're not going to actually use the brush tool. 2:00 We're going to use the blob brush. 2:02 The blob brush is located directly below the pencil brush, or the pencil. 2:04 Select the blob brush. It's also Shift B. 2:09 We'll go ahead and test it out. 2:13 We have white selected, so let's select a dark color like black. 2:15 Start using it here just to get the hang of it. 2:22 Now, as you'll notice, the harder you press down with the tablet, 2:25 the wider the brush gets and vice versa. 2:29 The lighter you press, the lighter the line will get. 2:33 Like so. 2:37 We'll just go ahead and do the hair here. 2:41 As you can see, the tip here is a little bit lighter 2:44 than the base, so we're going to want to start off heavy, 2:47 so press down hard. 2:50 And then let up just a little bit. 2:53 If you want, you can change the diameter of the brush 2:58 to be either less or greater than 5 3:01 by just selecting the brush. 3:04 If you want to do 9, it will just have a different pressure variation. 3:07 You can see it gets a lot thicker there. 3:17 That's one style we can use. 3:19 Let's go ahead and lock out that layer 3:23 and make it not viewable. 3:26 We'll create a new layer on top of that. 3:28 This technique is the precise pen technique. 3:31 We're going to want to select our pen tool 3:36 by pressing P, or it's right over here above the text tool. 3:39 Now, I'm assuming that you already know how to use the pen tool while doing this. 3:45 Let's go ahead and create an arc. 3:49 And as you can see, we have a straight line here. 3:55 Now, if we want to make the middle of the line a little bit fatter, 3:58 what we want to do is get the width tool 4:02 by either pressing Shift W or selecting it in the toolbar over here. 4:05 And if you grab the middle of the line 4:16 and pull up, you can see it gets a little bit thicker. 4:20 Now, this takes a little bit longer than using the tablet, 4:27 but you get a nice, clean, finished look. 4:30 Let me just test it out here. 4:36 I'm going to want to make this base a little bit fatter, so Shift W, 4:38 grab the width tool, pull it out, 4:41 and there you go. 4:46 That's what I like to call the precise pen technique. 4:49 Now, the last technique is the stencil style. 4:53 To do this, we're basically going to outline everything, 4:57 so let's go ahead and lock out the layer that we just created, 5:00 make it not viewable, create a new layer, and grab the pen tool again, 5:04 press P, and what we're basically going to do is outline 5:09 all of the dark lines 5:14 like you see here. 5:26 Now, right now I have the outline 5:32 with the color where I want the fill. 5:41 I don't want the stroke. 5:43 I want to get rid of the stroke and use black for the fill. 5:45 And then what you can do is press A 5:51 and get the select tool, and you can grab the points 5:53 and adjust them as you want, just like that. 5:56 With this technique, what you want to do 6:03 is go ahead and make a fill on all of the dark 6:06 so you get almost like an ink outline. 6:12 And then do the complete shape, 6:15 so you would trace around the whole shape 6:17 with the solid color so then you'd have a base color 6:20 and then the ink lines over top of that, and you get a stencil effect. 6:23 For this project, since it's a kid's project, 6:30 I would probably use the Sharpie style with a tablet 6:33 to get more of a sketched look. 6:36 So, we're going to go with that style. 6:39 [? 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